Leaving Nancy chords

by The Fureys

  • Leaving Nancy was written by Scottish folk singer, song-writer - Eric Bogle. The song relates to the time he left his home in Scotland to live in Australia. His father and mother, Nancy were seeing him off at the train station... it was the last time he would see his mother.
  • The song has been recorded on several of The Fureys' albums, including one of their most popular - The Fureys Finest.
  • Music: Key of F Major in 3/4 time at ~ 112 bpm
  • Chords: F, Bb Gm7, C, C7
  • Easier: Place a capo on the 3rd fret and play in D Major
  • Chords with capo: D, G, Em7, A, A7

Leaving Nancy by The Fureys

Capo on 3 if playing with video

Intro: 3/4 |  D  |  %  |  %  |  %  |

   D                            G              Em7
1. In comes the train and the whole plat-form shakes 
        A           A7               G            D
   It stops with a shud-der and a scream-ing of brakes 
        D                        G           Em7
   The part-ing has come and my wea-ry soul aches 
        A          A7      G  |  D  |
   I'm leav-ing my Nan-cy, oh 

             D                        G           Em7
2. But you stand there so calm-ly de-ter-mine-dly gay 
            A           A7              G           D
   And you talk of the wea-ther and e-vents of the day 
             D                           G             Em7
   But your eyes tell me all that your tongue does-n't say 
         A     A7      G  |  D  |
   Good-bye my Nan-cy, oh 

             D              G      Em7
Chorus: And come a lit-tle clo-ser 
                  A     A7       G    D
        Put your head u-pon my shoul-der 
             D               G       Em7
        And let me hold you one more time 
            A        A7        G  |  D  |  %  |  %  |
        Be-fore the whis-tle blows 

       D                         G            Em7
3. My suit-case is lift-ed and stowed on the train 
           A           A7             G           D
   And a thous-and re-grets whirl a-round in my brain 
            D                      G          Em7
   And the ache in my heart is a black sea of pain 
        A          A7      G  |  D  |
   I'm leav-ing my Na-ncy, oh 

             D                        G         Em7
4. And you stand there so calm-ly so love-ly to see 
            A            A7          G           D
   But the grip of your hand it's an un-spo-ken plea 
               D                             G           Em7
   You're not fool-ing your-self and you're not fool-ing me 
         A     A7      G  |  D  |
   Good-bye my Nan-cy, oh 

             D              G      Em7
Chorus: And come a lit-tle clo-ser 
                  A     A7       G    D
        Lay your head u-pon my shoul-der 
             D               G       Em7
        And let me hold you one more time 
            A        A7        G  |  D  |  %  |  %  |
        Be-fore the whis-tle blows 

            D                        G            Em7
5. But our time has run out and the whis-tle has blown
        A           A7         G          D
   And here I must leave you stand-ing a-lone 
          D                    G             Em7
   We had so lit-tle time and now the time's gone 
         A     A7      G  |  D  |
   Good-bye my Nan-cy, oh 

       D                    G         Em7
6. And as the train starts gen-tly to roll 
       A         A7          G           D
   And as I lean out for to wave and to call 
      D                    G           Em7
   I see your first tears tri-ckle and fall 
         A     A7      G  |  D  |
   Good-bye my Nan-cy, oh 

             D              G      Em7
Chorus: And come a lit-tle clo-ser 
                  A     A7       G    D
        Put your head u-pon my shoul-der 
             D               G       Em7
        And let me hold you one more time 
            A        A7        G  |  D  |
        Be-fore the whis-tle blows 


             D              G      Em7
Chorus: And come a lit-tle clo-ser 
                  A     A7       G    D
        Lay your head u-pon my shoul-der 
             D               G       Em7
        And let me hold you one more time 
            A        A7        G  |  D  |
        Be-fore the whis-tle blows 
             D               G       Em7
        And let me hold you one more time 
            A        A7        G  |  D  |
        Be-fore the whis-tle blows

🗝️ D Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

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